Announcing the Third Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Centenary Celebration

Next April, we will celebrate the wonderful William Holden’s centenary. And, as you know, I’m a big fan of him and want to make things big for the occasion.

So, I invite you all to participate The Third Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Centenary Celebration! This year, things will be different as I join forces with my blogger friends Michaela from Love Letters to Old Hollywood and Emily from The Flapper Dame. Who said millennials didn’t like “old” actors. 😉 Anyway, I am so honoured these fine ladies accepted to help with for this event!

Here are the steps and rules for you if you want to participate in the blogathon:

1- Choose a subject. It can be anything related to William Holden, but don’t forget that our objective is to honour him.

  • Because we want as many participants as possible for this special edition of the blogathon, we will allow duplicates, but not more than two people on the same subject!
  • We allow you to write a maximum of two entries.

2- Please submit your subject here in the comments or on Emily‘s blog or Michaela‘s. Tell us your topic, the name of your blog, plus its URL.

3- Once your subject is confirmed, grab one of these beautiful banners and include it on your blog in order to help us promote the blogathon. These were designed by Michaela and we LOVE them!

Golden Boy banner_Stalag 17

Golden Boy banner_Sabrina

Golden Boy banner_Holden in color

Golden Boy banner_Holden in black and white

Golden Boy banner_Country Girl

Golden Boy banner_Picnic

Golden Boy banner_Golden Boy

4- The blogathon will start on April 15 and will end on April 17, 2018. Michaela will host the first day (15), Emily will host the second day, and I’ll host the last one (17). Please, make sure to have your entries ready on time!

5- On the blogathon dates, each one of us will update a new post where you will be able to submit your entry.

Please help us spread the word about the blogathon. Talk about it to your blogger friends, share it on various social media, etc. We want to have as many participants as possible. Golden Holden deserves this honour!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!


To guide you… Subjects already claimed twice

  • Sabrina (1954)
  • Picnic (1955)
  • Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
  • Stalag 17 (1953)
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Here are the participating blogs and their subjects!


We are all very impatient for this event to start! For some entertainment, I invite you to watch my fun video trailer announcing Bill’s centenary.


See you in April!

– If you are interesting to make a donation to the William Holden Wildlife Foundation fund created by Stephanie Powers in 1982, please click here. This can be another way to please our golden boy!


ClassicFlix (Teen Scene) – Review # 9: Father Is a Bachelor (1950)

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it’s now more difficult to access to the old version and read the reviews. But, I’m allowed to publish my reviews on my blog 30 days after they had been published on ClassicFlix! So, I decided to do so as you could have an easy access to them. If you are not a teenager, it doesn’t matter! I’m sure you can enjoy them just the same! My ninth review was for the 1950’s classic Father Is a Bachelor directed by Abby Berlin and Norman Foster. Enjoy!



Fall is at its end, which gives us the clue that it’s Christmas soon! Outside of exchanging gifts and eating turkey with your family and friends, another thing you can do with them is, of course, watch a classic film. The perfect Christmas movie is, first and foremost, a family movie that doesn’t necessarily have to be where people celebrate Christmas. As long as you spend a great time watching it with your relatives, it works.

It’s a Wonderful Life and The Sound of Music are some of the best films to watch during Christmas holidays, but I had the desire to make you discover something new, a film you might have heard nothing about before. My choice for this month is the little-known Father is a Bachelor, directed by Abby Berlin and Norman Foster in 1950, starring William Holden and Coleen Gray.

Father is a Bachelor tells the story of Johnny Rutledge (William Holden), a singer and vagabond stuck in a small town when his friend, Professor Mordecai (Charles Winninger), is put in jail. While sailing on the quiet town lake in his boat, Johnny lands on the dock of a rustic country house. A little girl, May, welcomes him and introduces him to her four brothers: January, February, March and April. Johnny soon discovers they are orphans living in the house alone. They haven’t told anybody of their predicament, scared to be sent to the orphanage.


Johnny is an independent person, but somehow feels responsible of these children once he has met them. He becomes a father figure to them, especially to the little May. He’ll do anything to make their life better. One day, he meets pretty Prudence Millett (Coleen Gray), daughter of Judge Millett (Lloyd Corrigan). She worries about the children living without their parents, but, to protect them, Johnny will make her believe he is their uncle.

Father is a Bachelor is a feel good movie, not only a family movie. You’ll never see such a more touching and lovable William Holden. From the beginning until the end, it makes you smile. And, in the sad moments, you’ll still have a feeling of hope. Without revealing it, you’ve probably guessed this film has a happy ending, but, honestly, who is willing to see something depressing for Christmas? I want my December’s choice to cheer you up!

Father is a Bachelor also has the distinction of being a quasi-musical. It’s not really, but people do sing at some points. It goes without saying, as Johnny has a talent for singing and uses it to earn his living. What a marvelous pleasure to see and hear William Holden sing! It adds a certain softness to his character and makes the film even more joyful. Unfortunately, it’s not William Holden’s real singing voice we hear. He was dubbed by Buddy Clark, an American singer of the ’30s and ’40s. I have no idea if William Holden himself could sing, but their choice is well picked, as the illusion is almost perfect. Buddy Clark’s singing voice fits perfectly with William Holden’s face.


You have guessed one of the major reasons why this film should grab your attention is because it’s something different, something new. Apart from this, the richness of the characters is quite appealing. Some of them are seen less often than others but they all have their importance. They complete each other and all learn something about how we must deal with life in the right way; that we sometimes have to forgive, forget, move to something else, etc. It’s, of course, always a great thing when a classic film shows you such an abundance of life lessons.

This film’s magic is also expressed by the fact it simply makes you appreciate what you have. The children’s richest wish is to have a father and a mother. Happily, Johnny is here to take care of that.


Father is a Bachelor remains a very simple film. It’s not a super production, and it didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar but it’s an entertaining one for everybody. Teens will appreciate it, as well as mommy, daddy, the little brother or sister, etc. It’s by being curious that we discover a film that can become a favorite.

So, what are you waiting for? Watch Father is a Bachelor, and may you share a beautiful moment with your family. Merry Christmas to all!


Many Thanks from me and Golden Holden!


Just like its first edition, my 2nd Golden Boy Blogathon was a success and I’m forever thankful to all the great bloggers who participated with articles of top quality! I host a few blogathons, but this one might be my favourite. 😉 Anyway, it’s great to see that Bill is not forgotten today, that he is still loved, admire and, despite his personal problems, respected.

He certainly was one of a kind and, as Emily at The Flapper Dame said, I’m sure he would have been the most handsome 99 years old man!


You might like to know that your articles have all individually been shared, not only on Twitter, but also in a great William Holden Tribute group on Facebook where fans truly appreciated what they read! If you are on Facebook as well, come say hello. We’re nice! 😉

If you still didn’t have the time to publish your article, no worries! I will gladly add it to the roster and promote it on Twitter/Facebook, but well, don’t wait next month either lol because I’ll be in Spain!!

To read all the entries, please click here.

And, once again, a big thanks from me and Bill!